Brothers B.C. and the Rev. Walter Pitt recently were honored for their service to their country by participating in the Triangle Flight of Honor.
They were flown to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II memorial, which was dedicated on May 29, 2004, to honor the aging veterans of “The Greatest Generation.”
At the urging of their nephew and niece Carnell and Lois Hinton, they submitted their applications and although they are not World War II veterans, they were selected to participate in the flight as veterans of the Korean War era.
The Triangle Honor Flight was initially conceived in 2004 to fly aging veterans to the nation’s capital to visit memorials dedicated to honor their service and sacrifices.
Prior to their departure from Raleigh- Durham International Airport, the veterans were given a water salute and in Washington they received another water salute at the Ronald Reagan International Airport.
The day was filled with tours of several sites, memorials, meals and lots of loving care from volunteers.
On the return flight they were honored with a military mail call, receiving numerous of letters thanking them for their service and sacrifices.
They received a Hero’s welcome when they retuned to Raleigh.
They both were elated to receive the recognition.
The Rev. Walker Pitt summed it up with these words, “It means everything to me because I’m proud to have served my country and I’m proud to go on this flight. I’m highly honored.”
B.C. Pitt served in the U.S. Army from 1948-1952. He was stationed in New Jersey and Korea. He was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. The Rev. Walker Pitt served in the U.S. Army from 1951-53 and 1954-57.
He was stationed in Korea, Greenland, Virginia and Texas.
They are the sons of the late Buck and Nancy Lindsay Pitt.
They carried on the military tradition of their father, who served in World War I.
Their younger brother, Anthony, also served in the U.S. Army.